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“From a grateful Nation our Condolences and heartfelt Thanks to a Hero and Mentor to generations. ”
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Tye Seeley - Port Townsend, WA

“Heart felt condolences to family and friends. At Purdue, we knew Rosemary as Rosie Merims. It was a short walk from the Harrison Hall dorm to the...Read More »
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Kent Novatny - Naperville, IL

“In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. ”
3 of 100+ | Posted by: Camella Ford - Houston, TX

“Deep condolences from the extended Reyner-Perry-Gardner family. She was an amazing woman and inspiration to all of us. ”
4 of 100+ | Posted by: Glenn Gardner - Greenbelt, MD

“My deepest condolences for your loss. May the God of all comfort prove to be your strength during this difficult time.Psalm 18:2 ”
5 of 100+ | Posted by: Christian

“May the wonderful memories the family and friends share bring comfort during this time of loss. Proverbs 17:17Chianti ”
6 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Un pilote ne meurt jamais, il s'envole juste et ne revient pas. A. de Saint-Exupéry ”
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Gogniat René - Switzerland

“Sorry for loss And may she rest in peace ”
8 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“thank you for being my north star as I followed your strong example for all Naval officers. please be our guardian angel as we continue the work you...Read More »
9 of 100+ | Posted by: rosebud gray

“My thoughts and prayers are with friends and family of Rosemary. ”
10 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss, May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass...Read More »
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Jolene - Chicago, IL


12 of 100+ | Posted by: Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN

“Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever. ”
13 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Alishia - SC

“Safe journey on your going home. You did well so R.I.P. ”
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Larry Thomas - Tacoma,, WA

“To The Family Of Rosemary MarinerMy condolences to the family during this difficult time. It my hope that you find comfort in knowing that Almighty...Read More »
16 of 100+ | Posted by: - IL

“It is too bad you weren't a pilot with the Navy's Blue Angels, but today you fly with the angels of heaven. You paved the way for all women serving...Read More »
17 of 100+ | Posted by: Amy Marie Hortmann - Pensacola, FL

“Sorry for your loss May God of all tender mercy comfort you in your times of sadness. ”
18 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Heartfelt condolences to the family. May God strengthen and comfort you in your time of distress. Ms. Mariner will be missed dearly. Thoughts and...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“You flew like an Angel to watch over our nation. Now you are an Angel to watch over your family. I didn't know Rosemary but I too am 65 and we...Read More »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathi Sutton - Layton, UT


21 of 100+ | Posted by: Don MacLagan - Monroe Center, WI


22 of 100+ | Posted by: Joan - Columbus

“My Condolence for the Mariner family. Captain Mariner we Thank You for your service, knowledge, and leadership. Rosemary is soaring ever higher...Read More »
23 of 100+ | Posted by: Charlie Gregory - Portales, NM

“CMDR Mariner,You are an inspiration, a leader, a challenger to all the knowledge we knew afore. Your service with Honor, Integrity, Sacrifice and...Read More »
24 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“May your family carry on your bravery and fond memories. ”
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Justine - OH

“R.I.P Thank you for opening those hard doors for women. You are and always will be a great example for all women. ”
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Veronica Villarreal

“Never to be forgotten. One of the countrys greatest. Raising up women where they have always belonged. ”
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Hector Romero - Coconut Creek, FL

“Thank you for your hard fought service to your country, VIPER. You are the epitome of how women are willing and capable of the same level of...Read More »
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Ginger Nuttall - Shreveport, LA

“She was a pioneer and a remarkable individual. She will be missed by the academic community and by all who knew her. She was involved in the...Read More »
29 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“God Speed. Fair winds and following seas. Rest In Peace ”
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Brian McIntosh - Mount Vernon, WA

“Condolences and prayers for the family. Its an honor to say that she did my re-enlistment ceremony at VAQ-34! ”
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Victoria Long - Point Mugu, CA

“Rest in Peace, thank you for all you did as a woman in the United States Navy. I also served in the U.S Navy from 1986-1993. ”
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Judith Laboy - Appleton, WI

“May the family and friends continue to be comforted by their treasured memories of Rosemary, and by the comfort that God gives, during this difficult...Read More »
33 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of comfort grant you strength during this difficult time. ”
34 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“God Bless your memory Capt. I was one of the plane captains or final checker in your training. VT 21 NAS Kingsville Texas. I do remember launch...Read More »
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Steve O'Grady - Bloomfield, IA

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
36 of 100+ | Posted by: - OH

“A sister in Arms Rest In Peace the disease took you from us but we will never forget you ”
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Steve Boguszewski - Colgate, WI

“Worked at VX-5, China Lake, CA with lcdr Mariner. I remember when she did a photo shoot, with "Glamour" magazine. Thank-you, for being a ...Read More »
38 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Many prayers and thanks for both of your service to our country. Condolences to your family. ”
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Jim & Krista Maggard - Knox, TN

“Just read about Rosemary through a post on FB by the 99's - an organization that I am a part of. I learned to fly when I turned 44 years old. This...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Marla Emerson - Powell, TN

“Very saddened to here of your loss. I went to high school with Rosemary, washed airplanes with her for flight time, started learning to fly together....Read More »
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Paul Shanks - Greer, SC

“I did not have the privilege of knowing Capt. Mariner, but I knew her father, Cecil, when I was 9 years old in Harlingen, Tx. He was a neighbor and a...Read More »
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Steven Wynkoop - Denver, CO

“Would like to thank Rosemary for her service and her leadership and her dedication to life in the pursuit of freedom and justice. ”
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Abby Oaks - Clinton, TN

“God bless you and thank you for your dedicated service to our country may your family cherish the memories they have of your great life ”
44 of 100+ | Posted by: KIRK DAVIS - PUNTA GORDA, FL

“My condolences to the family and friends during this difficult time..... ”
45 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“May peace and comfort be showered upon the Mariner family. Ms. Mariner has left a page in history and on the minds and hearts of many! May you...Read More »
46 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“As a Purdue classmate she will be missed. Rosemary was very well liked and respected by her fellow Boilermaker pilots. Rest in peace Rosemary. ”
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Reinhardt Carlson - Atlanta, GA

“my thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Captain Mariner. she was a true pioneer and will be missed. ”
48 of 100+ | Posted by: David Merriman - North Las Vegas, NV

“I admire you, I envy you, and I am SO proud you took that 1st step for all women to be pilots. Because of you and several other women pilots I was...Read More »
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Williams - Sugar Grove, IL

“Fair winds and following seas sailor."Boatswain... Standby to pipe the side... Shipmate's going Ashore..."Thank you for your service to this nation. ”
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ

“Fly high Captain. Thank you for your service and the roads you paved. ”
51 of 100+ | Posted by: Vanessa Mata LS1 Ret. - NJ

“Captain...FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS....RIP CAPTAIN ”
52 of 100+ | Posted by: Judy Boothe - Columbus, OH

“My very sincerest condolences for the loss of a great mother and spirited partner and loving wife, I am sorry.I feel the void that must exist as I...Read More »
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Adam Chaczyk - Sterling Heights, MI

“My condolences to the family, immediate and extended. I owe my life to unknown Navy Aviators who arrived just seconds before the NVA found me and...Read More »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Enrique Pujals - San Juan, Puerto Rico

“You are an inspiration to all. Fly high, Captain. "Put out your hand and touch the face of God."Bill McCrary, Maj, USAF, Ret ”
55 of 100+ | Posted by: - TN

“My deepest condolences. Captain Mariner was one of my heroes and inspirations. Thank you for your service, knowledge, and leadership. Godspeed your...Read More »
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Kimberly Snyder - Annandale, NJ

“God bless you and your loved ones ~ Thank you for your service. ”
57 of 100+ | Posted by: Jane Dowling - Waterbury, CT

“FLY HIGH CAPTAIN AND THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE ”
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Anna Smith - Lafayette, IN

“My sincere condolences for your loss. ”
59 of 100+ | Posted by: - IN

“The Final SaluteBrothers in Arms, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged Hand Salutes as a sign of...Read More »
60 of 100+ | Posted by: For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud - LA

“You are a wonderful inspiration for all woman. Fly high dearest Rosemary. You have a destination and a welcoming loving inspiration waiting for you....Read More »
61 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“My condolences to the family. May you receive comfort during this difficult time. Matthew 5:4 ”
62 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“I would like to express my deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one, who will be remembered for her contribution to history and education....Read More »
63 of 100+ | Posted by: - Bear, DE


64 of 100+ | Posted by: Ann Stokman - Milwaukee, WI

“Vietnam Veteran USMC 1962-1968 1st Marine Air Wing 3rd Marine Air Wing you inspired so many women!! ”
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Lyle Lindberg - Cape Coral, FL

“You fought the good fight. May the angels lead you into Paradise. ”
66 of 100+ | Posted by: Sheila - L.A., CA

“May God Bless you. Thanks for paving the way for other females. May you have a very special place in Heaven. RIP ”
67 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Thank you for your service to our country. You will not be forgotten. You will be admired for generations. ”
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Laraine Amendola - ASTORIA, NY

“Thank you for all you have given the world. Mike Jackson:Orange Beach,ala. ”
69 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Our deepest condolences for your family at this time. ”
70 of 100+ | Posted by: CMDR & Mrs. Gregory Rose USN Ret. - VA

“so much respect for you.Thank you for all you have given to the world!! Mike Jackson:orange beach,alabama. ”
71 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“May God grant you wings to continue to fly high. Strength and comfort to your husband and family. ”
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Taniesha Todd - NY

“Thank You for your service Rosemary .. Rest In Peace To your family and friends I'm very sorry ... Wife of a helicopter crew chief ...Vietnam Veteran ”
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Marie Nelson - Sewell, NJ

“I was scanning my cell phone... Top News CNN, "The Navy's first all-female flyover will honor a woman who helped make it possible." I read it because...Read More »
74 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Yo again are flying with the eagles. RIP ”
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Dawn Bieber - Blue Bell, PA

“I met Rosemary at a social gathering during the Purdue sponsored Intercollegiate Flying Meet in 72, representing FIT Fla Tech. She was one very nice...Read More »
76 of 100+ | Posted by: W Burdis - Beaver Falls, PA

“Our condolences for the loss of your wife, Cmdr. Mariner. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
77 of 100+ | Posted by: Gina Wasilewski - Clinton, TN

“Fair winds and following seas. ”
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Eric Burcher - Spring Valley, CA

“Thank you for your service, RIP! ”
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Holly McCord - Eden, UT

“Rest in Peace ”
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Scott Chamberland - Saint Agatha, ME

“Rip ”
81 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“To Rosemary's family and friends, please take comfort in each other during this sad time. My deepest sympathies go out to you all. ”
82 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“I thank you and all like you for Your service and for protecting our COUNTRY,God Bless you and your Family you will be in my Prayers. ”
83 of 100+ | Posted by: Lawrence VanOverbeke - MI

AN Roberts and CDR Mariner<br />VAQ-34<br />DET Oceana circa 1990<br /> <br /> “RIP Shipmate. ”
84 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“For all women who have served our country in whatever role, we honor her memory and mourn her loss. ”
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda Hendrickson - Shawnee, OK

“I did not have the pleasure of knowing you but as a fellow sailior, thank you for paving the way for women in the military. My condolences to your...Read More »
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Jenna Khashijan - Knoxville, TN

“I am so sad to hear of Rosemary's passing. I knew her and Tommy at China Lake where I was the station helo pilot. Rosemary and Tommy were good and...Read More »
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Chip Lancaster - San Diego, CA

“Godspeed. Rosemary! ”
88 of 100+ | Posted by: Frank Titus - Dayton

“I salute you Capt. Rosemary Mariner. Your Military family and America will remember your remarkable life. ”
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Isidro Garcia - CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

“As I did not know you personally, but ! I'd like to Thank you, for your service. My deepest condolences to Family and Friends. ”
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Jackie Robertson - Pensacola, FL

“I'm sorry Emmalee and family. My husband Neil and I enjoyed debating current events and learning history from your mom. When there was a St. Mary's...Read More »
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Sonya Sharp - Oliver springs, TN

“Fair Winds and Following Seas shipmate ”
92 of 100+ | Posted by: Scott Fitzpatrick - West Chester, PA

“So sorry to hear of her passing, although I never served with her she was an inspiration to all who knew of her and her service to this country. My...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Pat Childers - Fayetteville, NC

“Rosemary was a true pathfinder and served our country exceptionally well, in every way. My deepest condolences to her husband, Tom, and daughter,...Read More »
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Purdue '73 classmate

“Thank you for an inspirational and impactful life. ”
95 of 100+ | Posted by: H. Jackson - orlando, FL

“Captain Mariner was a true pioneer and outstanding role model for those of us who joined the Navy in the 1970's and 1980's. She helped pave the way...Read More »
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Lois Gruendl - Fairfax, VA

“Captain Mariner was a real trailblazer for those of us who joined the Navy in the 1970's. Her name and accomplishments were legend and a true...Read More »
97 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Rosemary arrived at the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) for an abbreviated syllabus in the A-7E, a single engine, single seat Light Attack jet. At...Read More »
98 of 100+ | Posted by: David Hastings - Meridian, MS

“I met Rosemary when both of us were working towards full integration of women in the navy in the early 1990s. Well spoken she was able to quell anti...Read More »
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Darlene Iskra - Belfair, WA

“While I did not know you I thank you for your service and sacrifices. ”
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Kevin Farrell - Littleton, NH


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Captain Mariner was born on April 2, 1953 and passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019.

Captain Mariner was a resident of Norris, Tennessee at the time of passing.

Born in Harlingen, Texas, raised in San Diego, she graduated from Purdue University with a degree in aeronautics at 19. Captain Mariner was one of the first eight women selected to fly military aircraft in 1973.

After flight training in 1974, she became the Navy's first female jet pilot flying the A-4C and the A-7E Corsair II.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 AM, on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Norris United Methodist Church, with a funeral to follow at 11:00 AM. Funeral mass will be at 1:00 PM at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, with full military graveside service to follow at New Loyston Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family will accept donations to Sacred Ground Residential Hospice.

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